St. John the Baptist Catholic Church  


Church Address:  703 East Main Street, West Frankfort, IL 62896

Phone: (618) 932-2828

Fax: (618) 937-0200




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Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Thank you for your interest in St. John the Baptist Parish. We invite you to become involved with your faith life in our parish and continue your spiritual growth through the many resources offered here. St. John the Baptist Church offers weekday and Sunday Masses as well as Eucharistic Adoration. The parish has programs in education and pastoral ministry for children, youth and adults as well as a vibrant social ministry outreach. The programs and services of the parish continue to grow. St. John’s school provides an excellent education in an intentionally Catholic environment. Each new parishioner adds a richness to our faith community which allows us to reflect more fully the Body of Christ in today’s society.

Mass Times

Thursday - 5:30 P.M.

Friday - 8:15 A.M.

Saturday - 5:00 P.M.

Sunday - 10:00 A.M.

Eucharistic Adoration

Friday 6:00 - 7:00 P.M.


Thursday - 5:00 P.M.

Saturday- 4:20 P.M.

Parish Office

Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

* Ash Wednesday is March 1. Mass will be at 10:00 a.m.

* From the Pastor's Desk
Please bring your palms from last year to church and place them in the bins located in the back of church. The palms will be collected through February 26. Ashes from the palms will be used on Ash Wednesday.

* EDGE Youth Group
Join EDGE as we discover more to Prayer. All youth grades 5th-12th are welcomed for our next meeting of fun, faith and fellowship on Sunday, February 26, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the school. Theme: Conversation with Christ. Snacks will be provided. Youth do not have to be Catholic to attend, so please bring your friends! The next EDGE night will be on Sunday, March 12, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the school. Theme: Prayer Squared

* St. Bernadette Mass & Meeting
Mass: Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 10:00 am
Meeting: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Remember your canned goods for the food pantry.
Hostesses: Jean Connor & Susan Dragovich

FEBRUARY 25, 2017
The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D., Bishop of Belleville, Illinois, will give a major address at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Guild Center, in Belleville on the topic, "The Catholic Church and the Black Lives Matter Movement at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Many Catholics hear the term "black lives matter" and wonder what it means. Does it imply a rejection of people who are not African American? Does it advocate violence and the destruction of property? Is it compatible with the teachings of the Catholic Church? The Bishop's address will answer these and other questions by examining key elements contributing to the racial divide in the United States and the emergence of the Black Lives Matter Movement from the perspective of the Catholic Church. He will explore the reasons why only a small number of African-Americans are Catholics (2.9 million out of nearly 70 million American Catholics), the "all lives matter" vs. "Black lives matter" debate, the negative impact of the erroneous expressions "minorities" and "minority groups," conflicts over issues of morality, and the impact Catholic social doctrine and the Good News of Jesus Christ should have on the racial divide. While the Bishop's formal education and writings in systematic theology have led to teaching positions at Harvard Divinity School and the University of Notre Dame, in recent years he has turned his scholarship to the question of the racial divide. In 2015, he issued his Pastoral Letter, "The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015." In 2016, he published the companion Pastoral Letter, "The Catholic Church and the Black Lives Matter Movement: The Racial Divide Revisited." These were followed by, "Moral Leadership in Action: All Lives Really Do Matter" and "There are No Minority Voters." Since their publication, Bishop Braxton has lectured nationally, becoming a leading voice in the Catholic Church on improving race relations. The Bishop's writings and addresses are intended to invite individuals and groups to enter into conversations about important and sensitive subjects without judging others in the hope of attaining greater understanding, mutual respect, and realistic efforts to bridge the racial divide. The lecture at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 25, 2017, will be in the Guild Center. All are welcome. There is no entrance fee. A free will offering will be appreciated. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

* RCIA News
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Topic: What is Lent? How do I observe it?
Presenter: Sister Laura Reynolds
This is a great class for anyone preparing for the upcoming Lenten season.
All are welcome!
Questions: Please call Sister Laura Reynolds at 618-923-4345

* Lenten Fish Fry
Every Friday from March 3 thru April 14
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Columbian Club (formerly the Knights of Columbus Hall)
Cod Fish Dinner (choice of two sides, drink, and dessert included)
$12.00/Adults $6.00/children under 12
Available sides include: Cole Slaw, Baked Potato, Mac-N-Cheese, Baked Beans, French Fries
Sides only - $2.00 each
Call 937-1844 for Carry Outs

* 2017 Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal
Next weekend every parish in the diocese will be participating in the 2017 Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal. This annual collection supports 14 ministries and agencies that provide social, parish and education services to people throughout our Belleville Diocese. During this next week, please prayerfully consider making a gift or pledge at Mass next weekend. No amount is too great or small. On behalf of the ministries that are receiving funding from The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal and all those they serve, thank you for your past support, your prayers and your consideration.

* Baptism Classes
The next Baptism classes will be held on Monday, March 13, 2017, and Monday, March 27, 2017, at 6:15 pm for anyone seeking the Sacrament of Baptism for their child. To register, please contact Emma Tuthill at 618-982-9204 or You must register for class to attend. In the event there are no registered parents, the class will be cancelled.

* West Frankfort Columbian Club
Every Tuesday Night Bingo
7:00 pm
West Frankfort Columbian Hall

* Daughters of Isabella
Every Friday Night Bingo
6:30 pm
Herrin KC Hall

School News from the Principal

Monday, February 27 and Tuesday, February 28 the St. John's Jr. Beta Club will be attending their annual convention in Springfield. They will be competing in various individual, team and arts & craft competitions. Please wish them well and good luck. We are the only Catholic School and one of the smallest to attend.

We have scheduled the Kindergarten Open House for Monday, March 6, 2017, for 6:00 pm. If you know of anyone who will have a child that is 5 years old by September 1, 2017, please let us know their contact information and share this date with everyone. Please call the school office to register.

If you know of anyone who has a child in any grade and you think they would benefit from attending St. John's School, please tell us. I would love to share with them what we have to offer. Thank you.

Here are some dates & times of some upcoming events:
Easter break April 13 — April 23. School resumes April 24.
Springtacular Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 6 pm
Confirmation Thursday, May 4 6 pm
1st Communion Sunday, May 7 10 am Mass

Keep sending in those boxtops. There will be another submission date in the Spring.

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Founded 1916 - A parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Illinois.